Born in 1965 in Gothenburg, Sweden
Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden

Jens FÄNGE

Somewhere at the crossroads between the early 20th century practice of collage and the ancient art of shadow play, Jens Fänge has developed a surrealistic matryoshka-like aesthetics, which consists of assembling paintings within paintings. A master of eclecticism, he precipitates – so it seems – an entire hierarchy of genres into his composite works, converging iconic portraits, still lifes, domestic interiors, cityscapes and landscapes with geometric abstractions, all of which he renders using a variety of mediums and materials such as oil paint, pencil, vinyl, cardboard and fabric on panel. The contoured, often cut-out protagonists of the artist’s refined pictorial plays appear as if drifting into these multiple stage-like layers of representations overlapping each other, which give rise to an intricate, possibly endless maze of shifting perspectives not only within each composition, but also within each series taken as a whole. 

education

1989–1994
- The Valand Academy of Fine Arts, Gothenburg, Sweden

1987–1989
- Hovedskous School of Painting, Gothenburg, Sweden

solo shows

2019
- Alcove, Galerie Perrotin, New York

2018
- Drömmarna, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

2017
- Sister Feelings, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong

2016
- The Hours Before, Galerie Perrotin, Paris

2014
- Jens Fänge, Arnstedt Östra Karup, Båstad, Sweden

2013
- Das Schauspeil, ABC Station Berlin, Germany
- Förvandlingsrummet / Room of Transformation, Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm, Sweden

2012
- Historia de la noche, Eskilstuna Konstmuseum, Sweden
- Diplopia (two-person exhibition with Carl Hammoud), Baton Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2010
- Saltarvet, Fiskebäckskil, Sweden

2009
- En lång ljus vecka, Galleri Erik Steen, Oslo, Norway
- Blänk och strålar/Gleams and Beams,Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm, Sweden

2008
- Kristianstad Konsthall, Kristianstad, Sweden

2007
- Thordén Wetterling Galleri, Gothenburg, Sweden
- Arnstedt & Kullgren Galleri, Östra Karup, Sweden

2006
- Maison du Peuple, Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm, Sweden

2005
- Östersunds Konstförening, Ahlbergshallen, Östersund, Sweden

2003
- Arnstedt Kullgren Galleri, Östra Karup, Sweden

2002
- Flat, Baroque and Berserk, Schaper Sundberg Galleri, Stockholm, Sweden

2001
- Galleri Wang, Oslo, Norway
- Galleri Wallner, Malmö, Sweden

1999
- Stalke, Köpenhamn, Denmark

1998
- Schaper Sundberg Galleri, Stockholm, Sweden
- Good Life Project, The BBQ Series, New York, USA

1996
- Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden
- Schaper Sundberg Galleri, Stockholm, Sweden

1995
- Lindblad Thordén Galleri, Gothenburg, Sweden

group shows

2017
- Valand Revisited, Strandverket, Marstrand, Sweden
- Les imaginaires d’un monde in-tranquille, Abbaye Saint-André / Centre d’art contemporain Meymac, France

2016
- XVI Vilnius Painting Triennial, Vilnius, Poland

2014
- Här/Nu, Artipelag, Stockholm, Sweden
- Blueprint, Great Hall, MOCA-Tucson, USA
- Samlarens blick – konst ur samtida samlingar, Konsthallen–Bohusläns museum, Uddevalla, Sweden

2013
- Syner på ögats baksida, Karlskrona Konsthall, Sweden
- Time Waits for Us, Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm, Sweden

2012
- Sturehof, (two-person exhibition with Klara Kristalova), Stockholm, Sweden
- Konst är Dyrbarare än Korv, Varbergs Konsthall, Sweden
- Supersurrealismen, Moderna Museet Malmö, Malmö, Sweden

2011
- Stena 15, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden
- Galleri Örsta, Kumla, Sweden
- Välkommen tillbaka! Saltarvet 10 år, Fiskebäckskil, Sweden
- Pudelns Hjärna, Hellvi Kännungs, Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Gotland, Sweden

2010
- Today is Yesterday Tomorrow, Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm, Sweden
- Modernautställningen, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
- Thrice Upon a Time, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

2009
- Märta Måås-Fjetterström, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
- Samtidigt, Borås Konstmuseum, Borås, Sweden
- Önskekonst, Länsmuseet Gävleborg, Gävle, Sweden

2008
- Carnegie Art Award 2008, ARKEN Museum of Contemporary Art, Ishoj, Danmark, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, Konstakademin, Stockholm, Kunsthalle Helsinki

2007
- Painting, Space and Society, Konsthallen Göteborg, Gothenburg, Sweden
- Forest assembly, GAD Oslo, Norway

2006
- Abstract Athletics – New positions in Painting, Kusthallen Braderigården, Viborg Denmark
- Spiralhuset, Tensta Konsthall, Sweden

2005
- Erase and Rewind, Bukowskis, Stockholm, Sweden
- Arnstedt Kullgren Galleri, Östra Karup, Sweden

2004
- This sweet sickness, Rhodes+Mann Gallery, London, United Kingdom
- Natural Born Painters, Bomuldsfabriken, Arendal, Norway
- Carnegie Art Award, Victoria Miro Warehouse, London, United Kingdom

2003
- Carnegie Art Award, Konstakademin Stockholm, Kópavogur Art Museum, Island, Kunstnerernas Hus, Oslo, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland
- Contemporary Art from Sweden, ECB, Frankfurt, Germany
- Nostalgic Real, Müller De Chiara Galerie, Berlin, Germany
- Latterens uttryck, Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway

2002
- En samling samtida, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
- Necessary Fictions, De Chiara Gallery, New York, USA

2001
- Carnegie Art Award, ARKEN Museum of Contemporary Art, Ishoj, Danmark, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, Konstakademin, Stockholm, Kunsthalle Helsinki
- Markers, Outdoor Banner Event at 49th Venice Biennale, Italy

2000
- Construction in Process VII, International Artists Museum, Bydgoszcz, Poland

1999
- Free Coke, Green Naftali Gallery, New York, USA
- Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, USA

1998
- Message to Pretty, Thread Waxing Space, New York, USA
- PULSE Painting Now, RARE, New York, USA
- Under Construction, Gen Art, New York, USA
- From Here, High St. Project, Christchurch, New Zeeland

public collections

- Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
- Sweden Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo, Norway
- Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden Skövde Konstmuseum, Sweden
- Borås Konstmuseum, Sweden
- Dunkers, Helsingborg, Sweden
- Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Sweden

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